Adventure-Based Experiential Education

Our Wildcat Program provides outdoor adventures to thousands of young people and adults every year. Our adventures are designed to support New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCS) in the areas of Character Education, Environmental Education, Service Learning and Arts and Literacy in a manner that is fun, challenging and memorable. The Wildcat Program is primarily based at our Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center nestled deep within a 50,000-acre natural area in northern New Jersey. In these beautiful surroundings, participants can hike and backpack, challenge themselves using team initiative activities, rock climb and rappel, experience a ropes course, and canoe.

We don’t limit ourselves to Wildcat Mountain, though. Our programs include extended expeditions to places in New Jersey and beyond, including the Delaware River, the Pine Barrens, Barnegat Bay, New England, West Virginia, South Dakota, and New Mexico. The Wildcat Mountain Program provides a unique teambuilding experience to school groups, state and local youth agencies, colleges and universities, and recreational clubs. Each summer we offer an array of Open Enrollment Programs that include single-day skill-building courses and multi-day expeditions to far away places.

“The YouthWORKS students came away from the Project U.S.E. experience with a new appreciation and respect for the outdoors. They understand that it is okay to be fearful and to try new and exciting feats. They are proud of themselves and ready to face any new challenge that comes their way because of Project U.S.E. Thank you for sharing this opportunity with our students this summer. I hope to be able to present this opportunity to future YouthWORKS participants. Once again, thank you, for sharing your warmth and compassion for the students of Newark through this program.”

Lakeisha Brooks

Interim VP and Chief Program Officer, Communities In Schools

DCPP Programming

Project U.S.E. offers free outdoor education programming to DCPP-involved youth throughout the State of New Jersey.  All participants ages 11 and older just need an active Spirit ID number to participate. 

Click below to see details about upcoming courses for DCPP-involved youth throughout the state and at our Wildcat Mountain Wilderness Center.

Your Wildcat Adventure

Are you ready to get more information about planning a Wildcat course for your school, business, or nonprofit? Click below to complete a short information form and let us know what you goals you are looking to accomplish for your group and team. A member of our team will reach out to follow up with you and discuss how we can partner to create an incredible experience for your group!

Challenge By Choice

Challenge by Choice is our mantra of Wildcat Mountain Wilderness programming: the core belief that every single participant can experience growth by taking a step out of their comfort zone and trying something new to challenge themselves. Our staff operates under the philosophy that every single individual, regardless of their prior experiences, can grow during one of our courses.